2013 Tempranillo

Appellation: Clements Hills

Vineyard: Lewis Ranch –The Vineyard lies at the very eastern edge of the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation. The Vineyard is slightly higher in elevation and slopes down into the Mokelumne River. Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Juaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clements Hills is distinguished by having different soils (loam and clay on top of granite and volcanic) with less vigor and is generally warmer with cooler nights and more rainfall than the West side of Lodi. The vines are approximately 15 years old and trellised. Lewis Ranch subscribes to the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing.

Vintage: 2013 was another excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. In general conditions were almost ideal. While spring conditions were warm, summer saw relatively moderate temperatures creating conditions for great quality wines. Overall grape yields were normal to somewhat larger than normal.

Composition: 100% Tempranillo

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, de-stemmed and transferred to 1 ton open bins where it cold-soaked for about 48 hours before it underwent primary fermentation. The must was punched down by hand 2-3 times a day. The wine was aged, with minimal racking, in a mixture of mostly neutral French and American oak barrels for about 18 months.

Tasting Notes: edium garnet in color with plum, blackberry and dried cherry aromas with hints of herbs and tomato along with cloves and cinnamon. Black fruit and plum flavors on the palate with a bit of earthy notes and leathery overtones along with firm medium tannins, mild acidity and a medium mouthfeel balance this wine with a lingering finish. Try with roasted meats, paella, Moroccan tajines, wild mushroom dishes chacuterie and sheep cheeses like manchego.